Cubs Sign Xavier Nady

The Cubs officially signed Xavier Nady to a one-year deal worth $3.3MM today. GM Jim Hendry was also considering Reed JohnsonJonny Gomes and Jermaine Dye, but he settled on Nady, who could earn an extra $2MM in incentives tied to games played. 

Nady is coming off his second Tommy John surgery, which is uncharted territory for an established everyday player. The 31-year-old appeared in just seven games in 2009, but he hit 25 homers the year before that, so you can see why the Cubs were intrigued.

Next up for Nady: proving he's healthy enough to deserve a big contract next winter. Next up for his agent, Scott Boras: find a home for Johnny Damon.

ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine first reported that the Cubs were close to adding an outfielder. Yahoo's Tim Brown reported that the deal was official and Jon Heyman of SI.com added the terms of the contract.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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198 Comments on "Cubs Sign Xavier Nady"


Jntg4
5 years 7 months ago

I want Johnson sback o he can rob Fielder of a grand slam again.

cachhubguy
5 years 7 months ago

Please be Nady or Dye.

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

theres such a huge upside for nady. i really don’t know if dye could play 130+ games. both are good but i’d rather have nady. i wish the giants were in after him.

ptitolo
5 years 7 months ago

Guess what? This signing implies that Damon will be re-joining the yankees, my guess is at a $4 mil, one year deal with a possible team option at $7-8 mil. Mark these words

RiverKKiller999
5 years 6 months ago

lol Mark my words…You’re wrong !

cachhubguy
5 years 7 months ago

Please be Nady or Dye.

101andCounting
5 years 7 months ago

Surprise! It’s Jim Edmonds again!

Not really, but hey, he’d be better than Dye.

mpm1103
5 years 7 months ago

Reed Mantle

myname_989
5 years 7 months ago

I honestly think that Gomes would be a good signing. He’s not going to cost as much as Dye, and maybe Nady, and he’s got some pop. I don’t think they can go wrong with any of the 4 though.

5 years 7 months ago

Agreed on Gomes. Not sure why they’d prefer Nady (coming off serious downtime form injury) or Dye (old and in steep decline) over Gomes (younger, and hitting his prime.)

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

To me, all signs point to Nady. Whoever Levine’s source is in the article seems to be answering questions about Nady…how he’s throwing, about his asking price going down, the upside of Nady having some power (as a ready response as to why the Cubs didn’t re-sign the popular Johnson.) It seems to me like the PR wheels are already starting to turn.

Personally, I like Nady. I have no illusions about him being much more than an average hitting corner outfielder/first baseman, but average is much better than we have on the bench right now. In fact, it’s pretty much what we have in Byrd and Fukudome as starters. Let’s get this done!

redsandyanksfan
5 years 7 months ago

Gomes can crush righties ask the cubs about face him last year when he was playing left for Cin

drett69
5 years 7 months ago

Gomes is a great fit….he will kill the ball @ Wrigley! Plus he’s cheaper & younger than the rest, although I still love Reed Johnson in the mix.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

I also liked that the article said that the Cubs are “unlikely” to sign Park because he is asking for two much money. What’s going on here? The Cubs suddenly think $3-4M is too much for an average reliever? Why didn’t this light bulb go on before they threw that money at Grabow?

Jiujitsu411420
5 years 7 months ago

Yup we’ve been hearing this for a while now. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was dead silence for another few days before we hear anything. This offseason has seemed to develop so slowly but hopefully it lands us some late offseason bargains.

cubnation
5 years 7 months ago

Man, glad you were wrong.

Jiujitsu411420
5 years 7 months ago

Hahaha me 2…… Now let’s hope it doesn’t take forever to get our rh setup pitcher

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

OMG, Edmonds down to two teams and the Cubs are adding “depth”. Nady is not depth. I was just kidding in the other post but PLEASE do not let it be Edmonds.

whitesoxfan424
5 years 7 months ago

Wouldn’t it be smarter to go for lefty or switch-hitting OF? Like Randy Winn or Gabe Gross? just my $0.02

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

In a perfect world, yes a lefty would be ideal, but the Cubs have gotten themselves in a position where they can make a more attractive playing time offer with a righty. Because they can platoon a righty with Fukudome, the Cubs are able to offer a righty twice as many as ABs as a lefty, something that top bench guys will be looking for in addition to money. They also want someone to step in and replace some of the power lost when Soriano gets hurt or Lee needs a rest — that would seem to rule out Winn.

cachhubguy
5 years 7 months ago

I think you can keep Dye fresh by platooning him with Fukudome. Dye had a great first half. He kills lefthanded pitching. If Nady is healthy he is probably better than Gomes. Last year might have been a career year for Gomes, in that bandbox. Gomes also strikes out every three time at bat.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 7 months ago

this has all the suspense of waiting to find out who won the grand prize in the church raffle–a shoe buffer.

cubnation
5 years 7 months ago

LOL, HAHAHAHA!!!

My choice would be 1. Nady, 2. Gomes, 3. Dye………………. In all reality, Dye probably decided he wanted to stay in chicago and significantly dropped his asking price. Which is why this came out of nowhere (signing imminent) without any word as to who it will be………. just my .02

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

I’ll buy that. Cubs could have come back to Dye’s agent and let him know they’re ready to move. Surely, Dye has seen what is happening to other FA out there. Maybe he ultimately decided staying in Chicago and 300-400 ABs might be the best offer he gets.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

i would say gomes is the best option for you guys. A solid bench bat. Isn’t that what you guys need?

cubnation
5 years 7 months ago

If only that was all that we need…………………………….. to bad the GM cant trade himself!!

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 7 months ago

i think defense is, at least, a little bit of a concern for the cubbies for their fourth outfielder spot. and as much as i hate defensive metrics, i think the consensus is that jonny gomes sucks real bad at defense. this, plus the fact that he’s dealt with the team before, seem to make reed “high socks” johnson a favorite. at least in my mind.

oh, the suspense…

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 7 months ago

swing and a miss. its nady.

spaneli
5 years 7 months ago

I’d take Nady or Gomes. I think Gomes though is probably the best fit.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Yay! Good for the Cubs grabbing Nadi, I like to hear that the cubs are making a decent choice on a player to improve their club and have a tiny chance against the Cardinals next season.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

But seriously they still have no chance. Just trying to be nice.

cubbyfan23
5 years 7 months ago

Like the Cardinals had no chance in 2009?

That’s an awfully sturdy team built out there in St. Louis. No injury prone aces or star 1B with elbow issues to be seen.

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

this is very smart by the cubs.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 7 months ago

sorry, i was going to say something mean, but i erased it. i think the jury is still out on whether or not signing a guy who played in all of 7 games last year is “very smart.” that is all.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 7 months ago

i can’t remember a time a high-potential but oft-injured outfielder has hurt the cubs.prediction: the cubs deny nady a contract after the physical. nady then files a grievance against the cubs for damaging his reputation (think torealba), wins, and gets $4MM out of them. by the time the suit goes through next offseason, nady is the only player left on the market, so they sign him anyway to the first multi-year contract of his career (think mets, torealba/ cubs, bradley). about halfway through the year nady’s relationship with the fans completely deteriorates (nady cites “mistreatment”) and he gets traded the following offseason to brewers for the rest of jeff suppan’s contract. or something equally as sucky. count it.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

That sounds about right.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah…that’ll happen. But, despite the absurdity of your scenario, it’ll score you points with Cardinal and Sox fans.

cubnation
5 years 7 months ago

LOL, and your end game scenario still wouldnt be the worst that hendry has done to this organization ( think bradley but not so much his bad play, more along the lines of how hendry handled it and erradicated any value the guy had by suspending him).

P.S. I’m ok with this because the rest of the field isnt much better than sam fuld, and the guy could easily do what ibanez did in the first half last year if given/earned a starting role. Especially playing at the wrig

BlueCatuli
5 years 7 months ago

Because Xavier Nady has such a nasty reputation.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 7 months ago

thanks for treating this comment with the appropriate level of seriosness.

yanksrdashit
5 years 7 months ago

DAM, but now this means the yanks are going after Damon, or Gomes. I really wanted them to get nady.

alxn
5 years 7 months ago

Why would you want Nady over Damon, or even Gomes in a platoon?